Tech Accelerator @ Dartmouth


Two-week summer immersion program
July 15-29, 2018

Program Fee

Includes tuition, books, most meals, and accommodations in Dartmouth College residence halls.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by March 1, 2018

Program Faculty

Meet the faculty from Dartmouth College


Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, NH

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Tech Accelerator @ Dartmouth will help prepare you for a career in the technology industry. Tech Accelerator is a two-week immersive experience in coding, design thinking, and business essentials designed to give liberal arts students the awareness, knowledge, and confidence to explore careers in the tech sector. Participants will collaborate with faculty and students from the Thayer School of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth, and the Tuck School of Business. This unique program is designed to bring faculty from these three areas together to model the intersection between technology and business.

amazon logoAmazon is a pilot partner for Tech Accelerator.  Dartmouth , Tuck, and Amazon are committed to developing diverse leaders and shaping future talent pools to meet the needs of today’s tech industry.

This program is designed for high school juniors and seniors.

Program Schedule (subject to change)


Students move in/check in. All students will be staying in Dartmouth College residence halls.


Tuck professors will provide an overview of basic business principles and careers in technology. The theme will be wearable devices. Students will first design, build, and program a wearable device and then develop a web presence and marketing plan to market the device.


Thayer professors will lead the first four days in which they will guide students through the engineering design process and ultimately produce a wearable device. Students will learn about SolidWorks, a computer-aided design (CAD) program, and electronics. In addition, they will learn how to solder and use 3D printers. The produced device will be Arduino-based, and students will learn basic programming skills in order to customize their devices.


Tuck professors will present a process for developing marketing and operations plans. Students will learn how to do situation analyses (market trends/competition/consumers), develop a strategy, create a tactical operations and marketing plan, and calculate the financial value of a new product. Students will also learn about demand forecasting, new product introduction, branding a product/idea, developing a manufacturing process, and determining what their “company” would be worth. 


Computer Science professors will lead four days on coding and web development, with a slight focus on business/entrepreneurship, and how these technologies work together. Students will discover that coding skills are not only used to control their devices but also to build a web presence where they will market their devices.


Tuck professors will oversee preparation and rehearsals for a joint project presentation. For students, all parts will fit together seamlessly, and continuity will be established via a consistent set of TAs as well as regular appearances in other sessions.


Group presentations—students will present their projects to a panel of faculty and guests from companies in the tech industry.


Tech Career Day


Graduation and closing reception.


A Typical Day in the Tech Accelerator Program

Each day of the program is uniquely designed to provide students a full day of learning in and out of the classroom. Here’s a sample daily schedule:

7:30am-8:00am Wake up, head to breakfast in Byrne Dining Hall
8:00am-10:00am Session I
10:00am-10:15am Break
10:30am-12:30pm Session II
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:30pm Session III
3:30pm-3:45pm Break
3:45pm-5:45pm Session IV

Career Development

In collaboration with our corporate partners, students will be exposed to top tech companies and global leaders in the tech industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the wide range of careers in technology and what tech companies are looking for in new hires.

Who Should Attend?

Students who want to better understand the technology and engineering industries, who want an introductory hands-on experience in learning to apply computer science coding, who want to learn about the entrepreneurial and innovative process, and who want to gain confidence operating at the intersection of technology and business.

The program is open to students who have just finished their junior or senior year of high school or their first year of undergraduate school. By introducing these concepts to students early in their academic education, they are able to consider technology-related courses at their institution, pursue internships at technology companies, and explore careers in the technology sector.

No prior computer science or engineering experience is required. Students from underrepresented communities are highly recommended to attend.

Why Choose Tech Accelerator @ Dartmouth?

Students will sharpen skills highly valued by employers such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and problem solving. Students will develop their potential to gain the awareness, knowledge and confidence to explore the tech sector and to find meaningful opportunities for their careers. Together, we can change the face of technology to create opportunities for all.

To Learn More Contact

Nicole Faherty I Director, Tuck Business Bridge Program I Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
100 Tuck Hall Hanover, NH 03755-9000 | Tel: +1 603-646-9089 I Fax: +1 603-646-1308

How to Apply

Please read the application instructions carefully before submitting your application.